“It’s a special time for me,” says Bridget Taylor, one of the couple’s three daughters.
“I think it’s a lot of fun and a lot about our family.”
But there’s one rule: The wedding must be blind date.
“It doesn’t have to be anything fancy,” she says.
“There can be a blind date at home or at a party.”
The Bridgets’ wedding is part of the new blind date phenomenon.
According to a new report by the nonprofit National Vision Foundation, the number of people in the U.S. blind dating rose from 1.7 million in 2015 to 2.4 million in 2016.
The report said about one in five people in their 30s are dating someone who is blind.
“We are in this for the long haul,” says Amy Buechler, the foundation’s chief executive.
“Our goal is to help blind couples achieve happiness, and the best way to do that is to find the right partner for them.”
The National Vision report found that about 70% of people who are dating blind in the next year are already married, according to the Washington Post.
In 2017, the National Vision foundation partnered with a group of wedding planners, wedding photographers and blind couples to make blind date accessible to the general public.
The group includes the American Vision Foundation and the Wedding Planning Council of America.
Bue, the wedding planner, says she doesn’t anticipate blind date weddings going away anytime soon.
“This is a new thing and we’re just trying to keep it on the radar,” she said.
“But I think that it’s really going to get more and more prevalent in the years to come.”
The Wedding Planning Guide: How to Get Started and Find Your Perfect Partner article Bue’s business partner, Kelly Buehler, says the wedding planning guide is a good resource for wedding planning, but not for every couple.
“If your wedding is blind, it’s not going to be for everyone,” she explains.
“You can’t do it blind.”
The wedding planners recommend looking at the wedding’s calendar and asking about the date of the wedding and the date the couple wants to date, Bue says.
Then, she says, “I would think about what would be a really nice time to date someone who’s blind.”
Bue also recommends having a list of people you want to date.
But there are some caveats.
“Most people will just think you need to have someone who looks like you, but there are other things that can be said that you can’t say that,” Bue points out.
“And some people will say, ‘I think you’re perfect, but I don’t think you look like me.'”
To find the perfect partner, Bues suggests looking for couples who look similar, say, and people who also share interests or lifestyles, such as a person with a history of health problems, diabetes or anxiety.
If someone is not listed, the best option is to call a friend and ask if they know someone who has similar interests or a similar lifestyle, Buce says.
For those who are married, Bure says it’s important to include a list at the start of the conversation.
“Make sure to say, this is someone who you want your partner to see and who is also very happy,” she advises.
And, if you’re dating someone blind, consider having an informal conversation about the relationship.
“In our case, we didn’t have a lot to talk about,” Bues says.
She advises that couples try to remember that blind dates are not a substitute for a relationship.
In some cases, couples will find a relationship or friendship that is both inclusive and loving.
“Even if it is blind dating, you want that friendship,” she notes.
“That friendship has to be there for you to have fun, too.”
“You are a part of my life and I love you,” Buce adds.
“When you say, I love the way you look and the way I dress, you are saying that you’re willing to accept the way we look, how we dress, and how we talk.
That is a big deal for us.”
“When a couple has a blind person in their lives, they can be in a much better place and have a stronger bond,” Bure adds.